36 episodes

A listening experience, with a load of trucker talk. Designed to keep truckers informed, and entertained, while they support the country, one trip at a time.

Get a Load of This Cameron Pechia, Ryan Young, Thomas Comstock

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A listening experience, with a load of trucker talk. Designed to keep truckers informed, and entertained, while they support the country, one trip at a time.

    How to Choose the Right Insurance to Protect Your Trucking Company

    How to Choose the Right Insurance to Protect Your Trucking Company

    In this episode of Get A Load Of This Podcast, Host Cameron Pechia of Valley Trucking Insurance, sits down with COO of Great West Casualty Company, Mandy Graham and has a great conversation about Trucking Insurance. 
    They go over what questions the trucking company needs to be asking themselves and the insurance agent or company they are thinking about having to protect their business. There are so many great points brought up and insight shared in the episode about finding the right insurance provider, professional and coverage when it comes to protecting what matters most.

    Episode Highlights:

    Mandy mentions that one thing she hopes listeners remember from today's episode is to think about getting their values’ worth instead of just their money's worth. (5:33)


    Mandy explains that nearly every truck will have an incident once every three years, regardless of fault. It's a rule of thumb that has been in the industry for as long as she’s been around. (10:15)


    Mandy mentions that truckers should not need to worry about insurance since there are professionals who can handle it for them. (12:19)


    Mandy discusses how important it is to have a trusted advisor, particularly when deciding how much risk you are willing to take on. (20:44)


    Mandy explains that because Great West only handles trucking they have created their own forms which allows them to offer coverages specifically tailored to the trucking industry. (26:20)


    Mandy mentions that Great West holds fall fleet safety seminars for anyone to attend, similar to roadshows, and leadership seminars where they bring hundreds of people from across the country together once a year to exchange safety roundtable ideas. (37:01)


    Mandy shares that it's great to witness the enthusiasm that their subrogation attorneys and support staff have for their employment, not because they want to win, but because they want to make things right for their insureds. (52:24)



    Key Quotes:

    “One thing I hope people will take away today is, think about trying to get your values’ worth not just getting your money's worth.” - Mandy Graham

    “To tell you the truth, Great West is very much a family-oriented company. And so, we kind of wanted to balance that out with some time in the office. So, you know, you ask anybody from Great West, “what's your favorite thing about working here?”, and they'll tell you, it's the people they work with. And that's really special for us.” - Mandy Graham

    “If you do have a growth mindset, look for a company that can give you something that makes really good sense for a single unit. And then when you grow to five, you've got options that a five unit account once and then when you get to a fleet of 10 trucks or more, they can give you a reporting policy, and then you can grow into a self insured, and then you can become a captive member. ” - Mandy Graham


    Resources Mentioned:


    Mandy Graham LinkedIn

    Great West Casualty Company

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

    • 55 min
    Save Time and Money Partnering With Ultralus, a CDL Driver Management Company!

    Save Time and Money Partnering With Ultralus, a CDL Driver Management Company!

    Cameron, Founder of Valley Trucking Insurance and Host of Get A Load of this Trucking Podcast, sits down and talks with Jon Stanley, a partner in Ultralus. Ultralus is a CDL driver management, safety, and compliance company that gives the trucking company owner TIME and MONEY back into their pocket. This company allows any size trucking company to operate as if they were a 1,000 truck fleet! It gives access to great tools, partnerships, and heavily discounted services. This is a must listen!

    Episode Highlights:

    Jon shares about his background in trucking and how witnessing a horrific accident shaped who he wanted to be in the industry. (4:47)


    Jon shares that Ultralus is by far the most exciting service that they have helped build and be a part of, and he is really thrilled to bring it out into the market and show the world that compliance and DOT are simple to navigate if you have the proper people on your side. (7:42)


    Jon explains how the business name Ultralus came about and shares the ways that Ultralus will help trucking companies get time and money back in their pockets. (9:57)


    Jon shares that Ultralus collaborated with a group called Ready Response, which is by far one of the coolest Accident Investigation companies they've ever worked with. (16:36)


    Jon mentions that what distinguishes Ultralus from others is that they understand the pain points and have solutions to take the weight off of people's shoulders. (29:52)


    Jon explains that Ultralus is fully focused on becoming the industry's compliance solution. (36:12)


    Jon mentions that Ultralus created their price structure for as low as $50 per driver by negotiating with valuable partners to support Ultralus with valuable solutions. (41:22)


    Jon encourages anyone who wants to get involved to contact them because they are ready to assist and develop it. (48:18)



    Key Quotes:

    “Ultralus is by far the most exciting service that I think we've helped develop and been part of, and I'm super excited to get this out into the market and show the world that compliance and DOT is an easy thing to navigate if you have the right people in the corner.” - Jon Stanley

    “We've created that solution to make you a large company, you can run like a thousand truck company today without the expense. On the horizon, we are fully focused on becoming, you know, the compliance solution for the industry.” - Jon Stanley

    “It's time to rise to the occasion as an industry and start setting the tone of being the Knights of the roadway like we used to be in the 70’s and 80’s, right? And we've got to build that culture. And that starts with how we develop our culture individually within our company.” - Jon Stanley


    Resources Mentioned:


    Jon Stanley LinkedIn

    Ultralus

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

    • 50 min
    Throwback: Headache-free Fleet Management with TruckSpy

    Throwback: Headache-free Fleet Management with TruckSpy

    In this episode of Get a Load of This podcast, Cameron Pechia, and Ryan Young are joined by Flint Holbrook, President of TruckSpy. We talk with Flint about using his fleet ownership experience and tech curiosity to create a platform to make truck fleet management a seamless process.

    Episode Highlights:

    Flint discusses his background and how he came to work in the trucking industry. (2:30)


    Flint shares that one of his defining moments was when he initially misread the market. (8:04)


    Flint explains that he enjoys a lot of tech stuff and sets that as a strategy for his company, TruckSpy, the all in one fleet telematics system. (11:31)


    Flint explains how TruckSpy’s drive camera uses artificial intelligence to identify risky driving behavior. (17:05)


    Flint shares some of the application features that they offer for their ELD, and its edge over other applications. (23:05)


    Flint goes into detail about their objectives and tactics for this year, and looks ahead to the future. (27:10)


    Flint shares how he built his company's culture and what he does to maintain it. (35:55)


    Flint talks about what the customer journey looks like at TruckSpy. (42:03)


    Flint reveals their plans to start a podcast. (49:09)


    Flint discusses why its a challenging time in the trucking industry right now. (51:03)


    Flint talks about time, the ultimate limiting factor. (55:36)



    Key Quotes:

    "If you can make the technology super easy for the driver, they'll use it, which as I'm sure that you guys know can be a big challenge." - Flint Holbrook

    "It's really important that if you're in the tech world, you can't just be like the tech guy. You've got to understand the business case of why are you building what you're building in order to solve your customer's needs.” - Flint Holbrook

    “We're not the cheapest provider, we are the highest value provider.” - Flint Holbrook


    Resources Mentioned:


    Flint Holbrook LinkedIn

    TruckSpy

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

    • 1 hr
    Increasing Profits through Trailers!

    Increasing Profits through Trailers!

    In this episode of Get a Load of This podcast, Cameron Pechia, Owner of Valley Trucking Insurance, and Stacey Steen, Customer Experience Coordinator over at vHub discuss tools for asset owners to increase profits! 
    Cameron and Stacey go over the ability to get paid repositioning of trailers for brokers, carriers, and owner-operators. vHub allows folks to offer their trailers for rentals, reposition trailers, and have a platform to find trailers in all regions.

    Episode Highlights:

    Stacey shares that she has been working in the transportation sector for the last eight years and that she got her start in the business working for Ryder truck rental. (3:21)


    Stacey discusses the one aspect of working in the transportation industry that really sticks out to her. (7:18)


    Stacey explains the role that vHub plays in the marketplace as well as the distinctions between vHub 1.0 and vHub 2.0. (10:44)


    Stacey discusses their current onboarding process and how they want to enhance it in the future. (16:47)


    Stacey explains what vHub does for compliance to guarantee that the carriers picking up the trailers have the right insurance and protections in place, and shares what vHub Protect is. (21:00)


    Stacey discusses some of the important takeaways from the latest vHub release, as well as what's in store for 2023. (27:25)


    Stacey explains their platform's Load-out and Towaway features of vHub. (34:20)


    Stacey shares that problem solving and addressing a need was the original motivation behind vHub. (35:36)


    Stacey explains how she plans her goals as a highly driven and organized person. (39:05)



    Key Quotes:

    “vHub is really a tool to re-engineer flexible capacity solutions. So you know, offering rentals, load-outs, repositioning. That's what it's all about.” - Stacey Steen

    “The way we're going to protect the user, regardless of what the asset owner or the renter is, we're going to have carrier validation in vHub 2.0…Carriers, or whoever it is, will have to upload their proof of insurance, and that will automate in our system.” - Stacey Steen

    “I am organized, I like being organized. If I'm not organized, I feel just very out of tune. ” - Stacey Steen


    Resources Mentioned:


    Stacey Steen LinkedIn

    vHub 

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

    • 46 min
    Throwback: Kyle Janke - Funding your Business

    Throwback: Kyle Janke - Funding your Business

    In this throwback episode of Get a Load of This podcast, hosts Cameron, Thomas, and Ryan are joined by Kyle Janke, a Commercial Loan Officer with P1FCU in the Northwest U.S. They uncover details about Kyle’s professional background as well as helpful tips on funding options for your trucking company.

    Episode Highlights:

    What would Kyle’s CB handle be if he was on the road? (2:23)


    Kyle shares some of his background. (3:44)


    Kyle explains why communication has been such a valuable tool for him. (7:57)


    Kyle shares what he likes about the commercial aspect of the business rather than the retail aspect. (10:45)


    Kyle explains the value of being an advisor. (13:42)


    Kyle shares some of the plus sides to utilizing a credit union. (28:50)


    Kyle gives the listeners some solid advice on business, finances, and lending. (29:33)


    Kyle shares one of the biggest pitfalls that some new business owners come across. (310:35)


    Kyle explains how credit is used in the writing process and the importance of having a good credit score. (36:28)


    If Kyle could broadcast one message to the world, what would it be? (42:34)



    Key Quotes:

    “I need to work with them and they need to work with me, right? To really come together, to make this long work and to make this relationship work...cultivate it within.” - Kyle Janke

    “Our financial picture changes so often. I want to make sure that they understand that I'm going to be there for them. So, if something does change, they can reach out to me knowing that I'm going to be there to help them out.” - Kyle Janke

    “If you're looking at wanting to refinance any pieces of equipment that you have and you're paying a higher interest rate, refinance now, because you're going to save your money in the long term and interest wise. So, don't wait.” - Kyle Janke


    Resources Mentioned:

    Kyle Janke 

    P1FCU

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

    • 51 min
    CDL Drivers On Demand

    CDL Drivers On Demand

    In this episode of Get a Load of This podcast, join hosts Cameron and Thomas as they discuss a solution to driver staffing shortages with the CEO of F|STAFF, Justin Clarke. Learn about the benefits both motor carriers and drivers can expect with utilizing F|STAFF's driver on-demand platform.

    Episode Highlights:

    Justin explains what F|STAFF is, how it has evolved, and how the platform is designed to benefit both carriers and drivers. (5:03)


    Justin discusses F|STAFF's initial growth journey from 2007 to 2009, which has now helped over 10,000 drivers find work. (11:05)


    Justin explains their hiring process and criteria for finding and hiring qualified drivers. (13:54)


    Justin explains that with F|STAFF on demand drivers can pick the work they want, adjust their schedule, and check out market prospects and carriers. (16:29)


    Justin explains that F|STAFF is a staffing service for carriers who have their own trucks and need an extra driver for a specific period of time and that drivers get a W2 and a regular income while working with F|STAFF. (18:09)


    Justin mentions that F|STAFF believes truckers drive everything and that all of their systems are focused on the truck driver to best meet their needs. (24:54)


    Justin explains that what F|STAFF is developing for the future will allow drivers to reclaim their freedom which they deserve because they work and sacrifice so much. (29:06)


    Justin shares the most significant change he has seen in the trucking industry over the years. (39:11)


    Justin explains the need for life insurance for drivers and how F|STAFF takes that seriously. (48:32)


    Justin suggests that if he had a CB handle, it would be a trucker twin. (58:45)



    Key Quotes:

    “We're really excited. Over the last couple of years, we've been making a ton of headway towards providing what we call an on-demand model, and a tech-enabled approach to provide temporary on-demand truck drivers. But in a way, that's easier, right? You should be able to order drivers from your phone the same way you can order chapstick on Amazon if you need to.” - Justin Clarke

    “With the F|STAFF on-demand marketplace, drivers get to pick the jobs that they want, they can, you know, update their schedule, and really kind of look through the different jobs that are available in their market, and pick the ones that they're interested in. And so, carriers are really liking it too, because they don't have to hire full-time drivers always if they have more of a flexible type of business.” - Justin Clarke

    “What we're doing and providing for the future, I think, is going to allow again for drivers to actually get their freedom back, right? And the way that they actually deserve to have it because, you know, they do so much and they sacrifice so much.” - Justin Clarke


    Resources Mentioned:


    Justin Clarke LinkedIn

    F|STAFF

    Cameron Pechia

    Thomas Comstock

    Ryan Young

    Valley Trucking Insurance

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